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Translational gaps between clinical research and health outcomes: Why implementation research is key to improving healthcare




Speaker: Professor Jeremy Grimshaw

Series: Dean's Lecture Series, School of Health Sciences

Location: Room ELG15, Drysdale Building

PictureJeremy Grimshaw received a MBChB from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He trained as a family physician prior to undertaking a PhD in health services research at the University of Aberdeen. He moved to Canada in 2002. His research focuses on the evaluation of interventions to disseminate and implement evidence-based practice. Professor Grimshaw is a Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake. He is Director of Cochrane Canada and Co-coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care group. He was also the Principal Investigator of Knowledge Translation Canada (KT CANADA), a CIHR and CFI funded interdisciplinary network of over 50 knowledge translation researchers from six academic health science centres in three provinces. He has over 450 peer reviewed publications.
Healthcare professionals and healthcare systems fail to deliver evidence based care to their patients due to translational gaps. Recognition of this has led to greater focus on implementation in healthcare settings. However our knowledge about how to efficiently and effectively implement best evidence based practices is incomplete. Implementation research is the scientific study of the determinants, processes and outcomes of implementation in order to develop a generalisable empirical and theoretical basis to optimise implementation activities. It is a relatively new field of health services research that is inherently interdisciplinary. To date, implementation research has: highlighted the multi-level and multi-factorial barriers and enablers to evidence based practice and identified effective strategies to promote evidence based practices. However our understanding of how to optimally develop and design interventions to address specific barriers and enablers remains limited. There is increasing interest in behavioural and organizational approaches to promote evidence based care. This lecture will provide a broad overview of implementation research, its achievements to date and ongoing challenges.

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12.15pm - 1.15pmThursday 7th May 2015

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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